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48 Ratings

Who Killed Teddy Bear

Directed by Joseph Cates
United States, 1965
Crime, Drama, Thriller


A busboy at a disco has sexual problems related to events in his childhood. He becomes obsessed with a disc jockey at the club, leading to obscene phone calls, voyeurism and more! A police detective is similarly obsessed with sexual materials, leading him to become personally involved in the case.

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Who Killed Teddy Bear Directed by Joseph Cates

Critics reviews

A scuzzy, lurid low-budget independent film partially shot in Manhattan, particularly the peep shows in Time Square, Who Killed Teddy Bear? is steeped in perversions of the past and present… As the waiter, Sal Mineo is the film’s standout performer. Small and muscular, tender and tough, sweet and psychotic, he evokes the shattered innocence suggested by the film’s title.
April 27, 2016
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The film is too humane to be considered trash; too curious to be simply sleazy. There’s even something poignant to the creepy croak that emanates from Mineo’s mouth during his crank sessions, which sounds like a more benign version ofScream’s Ghost-Face killer. It helps that his once-shocking come-ons (“I’ll make you feel like a real woman”; “You and I will be on fire!”) now sound like the most casual R&B lyrics.
January 22, 2013
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